Criticized by Parisian supporters for a level clearly below that of his partners, the Dutchman Mitchel Bakker had a good match against Nice. What to give him confidence before having several meetings because of the injured and suspended.
An anomaly in the transfer market. By recovering Mitchel Bakker, from Ajax Amsterdam, Paris Saint-Germain especially gave the impression of doing a favor to their famous agent Mino Raiola. The rare appearances of the 20-year-old Dutch left-hander last season revealed a strong player, but at a technical level far below that of his partners. Rebelote at this very special start to the season, where the player appeared against Lens (came into play for 8 minutes) and against Metz (started and left on time). Here again, its technical deficiencies and its lack of offensive input were painful to see.
But now against Nice, Mitchel Bakker has just delivered a benchmark match from an individual point of view. Hard on the man, good in anticipation, he also brought more offensive impetus by often coming to offer solutions to Kylian Mbappé in the depth on the left side. So of course, he will never have the technical finesse of Juan Bernat, but the Dutchman brought a lot of punch to the most used Parisian corridor this Sunday.
A series of future tenures
He also showed some versatility by finishing the match as a left central defender, which allowed Tuchel to blow Kimpembe. There again, he made some important and clean interventions. Bakker has just released his best game at the best time. Juan Bernat will be unavailable for several months due to his cruciate ligament rupture in the knee and Layvin Kurzawa has been suspended 6 matches and will not be available again until next November.
While the Parisian supporters are calling for reinforcement at all costs for this position, coach Thomas Tuchel has already assured that he did not wish to recruit, because of the presence of Bakker and Abdou Diallo, capable of evolving left flank . The Dutchman did not suddenly become a potential holder, but since Paris has decided to deal with the vagaries, it is in his interest to place him in the best conditions for the 4 coming matches, where he will have a good chance of being titular.